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Teen Health Week!
Published: April 10, 2019
The past week was Teen Health Week! Teen Health Week was created for teens to become more involved and aware of the health issues that they face all around the world.
Throughout the week we shared short information about each of the themes, so today, let’s take a closer look at each of them. To recap, the theme for each day was as follows: gender and sexual development, nutrition and oral health, preventive care and vaccines, violence and mental health, and lastly, substance abuse and misuse.
Let’s begin with gender and sexual development. Oftentimes, teens may not have a reliable source for information such as puberty or sexual development. Not having a reliable source for this information can lead to things like a higher susceptibility to STI’s or unplanned pregnancies. Therefore, it is always important to seek reliable information from professionals in the field of teen health. Next, we have nutrition and oral health. The foods we eat can not only have an impact on our physical health, but oral health as well. If we think about fast food, foods that generally have high contents of sodium and sugar, they can have detrimental effects on our oral health! The third day of Teen Health Week focused on preventive care and vaccines. Receiving preventive care, such as getting your vaccinations or yearly physicals, is vital to your overall health. On day four, the theme was violence and mental health. Violence can happen in many different forms, physical, emotional, or even cyber bullying. All of these can have an impact a person’s mental health. Lastly, the fifth day focused on substance use and misuse. Informing teens on the effects, as well as risks of substance use and misuse, is one of the most important ways to combat the issue.
While this is just a brief overview of some of the health issues that teens face, we encourage you take control of your own health!